Andrew Gioulis grew up in the world of art having been exposed to it at an early age. Gioulis holds a B.S. in Graphic Design/New Media Design from Roberts Wesleyan College, which he earned while on an art scholarship. He presently owns a custom graphic and website design firm which specializes in brand identity. In addition to working full-time in his business as a graphic designer and developing his photographic eye on the side, Gioulis is also involved in several ministries and non-profit organizations.

While traveling, he became interested in isolated cultures such as the ones he encountered on Grecian islands and off the coast of Panama. This was a foreshadowing of the installation he created at New Jersey City University for his Masters degree in Fine Art, entitled The Preservation of Space. This work features The Pine Barrens of New Jersey, an area that occupies twenty-two percent of the state.

Gioulis’ interest in the Pine Barrens originated through off-roading and discovering the amazing area that lay beyond the sugar sand trails. Wanting to know more, he began photographing the region and then the people who live and work off the land in the Pine Barrens, developing unique portraits. From there, he moved on to creating non-sites, illustrations and other means of documenting the area.

When he learned that this federally and state protected land may be under the threat of future development, he set out to find a way to heighten awareness using his skills as an artist.

The Pine Barrens is a unique area historically, culturally and environmentally. Gioulis’ challenge as an artist was to devise a way to portray that through his work to viewers who may have never even heard of the Pine Barrens. To that end, he created a multi-media installation which projects on four screens the various aspects of the region to virtually allow the viewer to experience the scenes they would encounter if actually there. Accompanying that is an audio track of several people in the pines discussing their childhood, occupations and political struggles to keep the area preserved. This website is an extension of that project, so viewers to the gallery can learn more about how they can personally become involved in the effort.